By Gary Larson
Mille Lacs County Times
Milaca scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overtake Pierz and score a 6-4 non-conference baseball victory Friday, April 13, under miserable weather conditions at Milaca
The Pioneers led 4-3 before the Wolves’ rally.
“The weather was horrible but our guys didn’t left it affect them,” said Milaca Coach Craig Talberg. “We kept putting the ball in play which put a lot of pressure on Pierz and they made some mistakes.
“As bad as the weather was, we played good defense. Matt VanSomeren pitched a great game in his first varsity start – he had great control. Hunter Foss did a good job when he came in and got us out of a jam in the sixth inning and Brian Kiel came in to get the final out and get a save. It was a great team effort.”
VanSomeren, a sophomore right-hander, pitched five and one-third innings. He allowed five hits, four runs (one earned), walked four and struck out six. Foss, a junior right-hander, didn’t allow a hit in one and one-third innings while walking three and striking out one.
Pierz had seven errors while Milaca had four.
Pierz senior starter Logan Meyer allowed just three hits while walking five and striking out six.
Kiel, Foss and sophomore Justin Fransen rapped singles off Meyer while VanSomeren and senior Bob Peterson each had a run-batted-in.
The Pioneers slipped to a 1-3 record.
Earlier in the week, the Wolves dropped a pair of games.
On Tuesday, April 10, Holdingford tipped Milaca 11-10 in a non-conference game at Holdingford. On Thursday, April 12, Foley topped the Wolves 4-1 in a Granite Ridge Conference game at Foley.
At Holdingford, the Wolves scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 10-6 lead. But, the Huskers rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to scratch out the win.
“It was a tough game to lose after holding a good lead,” said Talberg. “Our hitting and fielding was good but our pitching broke down.”
The Wolves had a 14-10 edge in hits as junior Michael McLouth led the way by going 3-for-5 with a triple. He drove in two runs.
Peterson went 2-2 with a double, Fransen was 2-3 with a double and Kiel was 2-4 with a double. They each drove in a run.
Ninth-graders Joseph Bernard and Mike Garber each had a pair of singles.
Foss, the third Milaca pitcher, took the loss.
Holdingford moved its record to 2-1.
Milaca led Foley 1-0 after four innings before the Falcons rallied for three runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth.
Fransen pitched five innings, allowing three hits and five walks while fanning two. Senior Paul Young pitched one inning and didn’t allow a hit while walking two.
“Justin pitched a good game but we just couldn’t get timely hits and we struck out too many times,” said Talberg. “Both teams played well – they got the key hits they needed and we didn’t.”
Sophomore Jorgen Erickson had a double while Kiel had two singles. VanSomeren, Peterson and Garber each added a single.
Senior Teren Kampa pitched six and one-third innings to notch the win. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out six.
Foley boosted its record to 4-1, with its loss being to Pierz.
Milaca, 1-2, is home today (Thursday) against Princeton at 5 p.m. The Wolves are at St. Cloud Cathedral Friday at 7 p.m.